Battlestar Galactica: The joke’s on you, Adama

Posted by Dan June 16th, 2008 at 11:47am In Battlestar Galactica

Bless this mess.

Well, well, well… three and a half seasons, a mini-series and a movie into the story, and the crew of Battlestar Galactica has finally reached Earth.

And so, what do we find? Earth sucks. (For the record, Maggie predicted the Earth suckage quite a while ago.) At first glance, it would appear that it’s a post-apocalyptic war zone — either World War Three broke out or there was a giant fire-breathing lizard or some other catastrophe that would decimate cities.

As the Galatica crew celebrated their discovery (hugging crew members, baby-smooching Chief, Tigh blubbering alone into his whiskey), you just knew that there would be some sort of gigantic tease at the end. (Just so you know, my favorite part of the revelry was Lee “Pinstripes” Adama standing on the table and doffing his jacket — it was uncomfortably nerdy). There’s never a tablespoon of sugar on this show without a cup of salt.

This latest twist is reminiscent of the season three finale when the four newfound Cylons were brought together by Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” It’s a disconcerting trend, to say the least, when the creators are uniting the entirely disconnected world of Battlestar with the one we live in now. I can’t say I’m entirely comfortable with the idea of a world with New Caprica and FTL drives and downloading Cylons co-existing with a world with Britney Spears and Philly Cheesesteaks and the Hubble Telescope.

Now that we seem to be semi-permanently settled on Earth for the time being (complete with those depressing camera filters the producers love so much), let’s think of some potential directions for the next 10 episodes.

  • A third, hostile force (the one that killed the Earthlings) comes, forcing Cylons and humans to cooperate.
  • Earth is just a marker and there’s a new destination.
  • The humans make a life among the the wreckage, and it’s a big sociological commentary.

Anybody got a better idea? Here’s the teaser for season 4.5.[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


  • 1. John W  |  June 16th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    It’s about Kobol, isn’t it? The opera house, etc – Earth will contain a secret for the Human and Cylon’s future on Kobol.

  • 2. Doctor Zee  |  June 16th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    And so, Battlestar Galactica is reduced to a simple fable – we run from our past, believing the future holds something better for our species, while praying we can rise above our dark “human nature” before we do ourselves in. This episode was a mirror, showing how despite hope for a bright technological future, we’re simultaneously on the knife’s edge of destruction.

    In one episode, Battlestar Galactica moved beyond the addictive, nit-picky details like “who is the last Cylon?” and “how did Tigh get Six pregnant?” and reminded me of the big picture – our irrepressibly hopeful yet frustratingly misguided humanity.

    Enter Doctor Zee – The Fifth Cylon

    “The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr…ca-revelations/

  • 3. TV Blog Coalition: June 2&hellip  |  June 27th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    […] Dan didn’t see the mid-season finale of Battlestar Galactica coming — that’s for dang sure. This week, he mulled the twist ending as well as the concept of merging our world with Battlestar’s. (TiFaux) […]


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